Posts Tagged ‘Tanzania’

USAID Approves USD 17.8 Million Grant for a New Project to Support Seed Scaling in Eastern and Southern Africa

April 10, 2015

CIMMYT has received a grant of USD 17.8 million from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) to implement a new project dubbed Drought Tolerant Maize for Africa Seed Scaling (DT …


Conservation agriculture viable, say Ethiopian farmers, as curtain comes down on CASFESA pilot project

March 4, 2015

“Only those of us bold enough to try conservation agriculture technologies like zero tillage and intercropping benefited a lot, while all others were left behind.” – Hunegnaw Wubie, farmer, South Ache …


DTMA launches new project to improve seed scaling in Eastern Africa

February 23, 2015

Born out of the Drought Tolerant Maize for Africa (DTMA) Initiative and other CIMMYT-Africa maize projects, the Drought Tolerant Maize for Africa Seed Scaling (DTMASS) project will improve the demand …


Gates Foundation predicts agricultural extension will have a big impact on Africa

February 9, 2015

In their seventh annual letter Bill & Melinda Gates look 15 years into the future to predict the steps needed to improve the lives of poor people faster than in any other time in history. Technolo …


Improved maize to boost yields in nitrogen-starved African soils

December 11, 2014

Sub-Saharan African farmers typically apply less than 20 kilograms of fertilizer per hectare of cropland — far less than their peers in any other region of the world. In 2014, partners in the Improved …


CIMMYT prepares to launch second phase of SIMLESA in Kenya and Tanzania

October 30, 2014

Representatives from the Australian Center for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR), Queensland Alliance for Agricultural and Food Innovation (QAAFI), the International Center for Tropical Agri …


Partnering with seed companies to disseminate fertilizer-friendly maize seed in East Africa

September 29, 2014

Watanga Chacha, CEO Meru Agro displays a bag of HB513, a fertilizer-friendly maize hybrid.Picture: Biswanath Das/CIMMYT Seed companies are key partners in delivering improved seed to smallholder farme …


Partnership on maize lethal necrosis in Africa makes significant progress

August 19, 2014

Partners of the Maize Lethal Necrosis (MLN) project in Africa, funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and Syngenta Foundation for Sustainable Agriculture (SFSA), came together to review and dis …


Farmers in southern Africa reap benefits of conservation agriculture

July 1, 2014

CIMMYT’S Global Conservation Agriculture Program Manager, Irene Christiansen, received a first-hand look at the benefits and challenges of practicing conservation agriculture (CA) in southern Africa d …


Hidden factors contribute to food insecurity in female-headed households

July 1, 2014

By Florence Sipalla/CIMMYT Results of a survey conducted by the Adoption Pathways (AP) project indicate that even when male-headed and female-headed households have the same resources, the latter are …


Maize lethal necrosis screening facility seeing signs of success

June 3, 2014

CIMMYT pathologist George Mahuku and MLN technician Janet Kimunye examine tassels for pollen production on an infected plant. MLN causes a symptom called ‘tassel blast’ where the tassels of infected p …


Adoption Pathways project strengthens partnership with Kenya’s Egerton University

May 30, 2014

By Florence Sipalla/CIMMYT CIMMYT and Kenya’s Egerton University have agreed to strengthen their research collaboration, policy formulation and data sharing and to engage more graduate students in dat …


Update: CIMMYT maize inbred lines and pre-commercial hybrids with potential resistance to maize lethal necrosis (MLN)

May 22, 2014

By B.M. Prasanna/CIMMYT Since 2011 MLN has become a disease of serious concern in Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda and possibly Rwanda. CIMMYT has been working in close collaboration with the Kenya Agricultura …


Update: CIMMYT maize inbred lines and pre-commercial hybrids with potential resistance to maize lethal necrosis (MLN)

May 13, 2014

Since 2011 MLN has become a disease of serious concern in the east African countries of Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda and possibly Rwanda. CIMMYT has been working in close collaboration with the Kenya Agric …


Researchers learn use of equipment for improved phenotyping

May 10, 2014

By Wandera Ojanji/CIMMYT Andrew Chavangi demonstrates the use of a seed counter. Amini Mataka, a research officer for CIMMYT’s Southern Africa Regional Office in Zimbabwe, was one of many Water Effici …


Supporting sustainable intensification by tracking farmers’ adoption patterns

May 9, 2014

By Florence Sipalla/CIMMYT Identifying the socioeconomic constraints farmers face in adopting a technology is central to ensuring they adopt it sustainably. This is the work that the Pathways to Susta …


Breeders trained on molecular markers data analysis in Tanzania

April 22, 2014

By Kassa Semagn/CIMMYT   A training course held in Tanzania provided maize breeders with hands-on experience in using molecular markers for quality control analysis (genetic identity, genetic pur …


Partners recognize achievements in insect-resistant maize delivery

April 21, 2014

By Wandera Ojanji/CIMMYT The Insect Resistant Maize for Africa (IRMA) project received praise for significant progress on field and post-harvest insect pest research at its conclusion last month. “Sev …


WEMA releases record number of maize varieties in Africa

March 14, 2014

By Wandera Ojanji/CIMMYT The Water Efficient Maize for Africa (WEMA) project is on-track to produce and distribute at least 25 drought-tolerant maize hybrids for farmers in Kenya, Mozambique, South Af …


Seed systems team strategizes and plans for Africa

March 10, 2014

By Florence Sipalla/CIMMYT   The CIMMYT-Africa seed systems team met in Nairobi, Kenya, on 7 February to take stock of progress in 2013, identify challenges and brainstorm on turning those challe …